9 PERSONAL YEAR
7 Personal Month
Given the recent (and ongoing) tumultuousness in the world, I feel compelled to remind us that the 1 Universal Year is heating up and it’s only slightly past mid-point in the year. So perhaps a reminder about the Universal Year energy—as Numerology offers us insight—might be useful as a tool to deal with all of these major transitions and changes happening in the world at large. And then we’ll get into your individual world and the massive changes going on in your own unique, individual life.
2017 is the beginning of a new chapter for the world. It’s a new start. It’s a year of initiation. It’s time for everyone to plant the seeds we want to see grow for the next nine years (and beyond).
The 1 Universal Year is the beginning of a new cycle. The energy of the 1 is all about independence, initiation, achievement, and creative individuality. 2017 is the beginning of a new chapter for the world. It’s a new start. It’s a year of initiation. It’s time for everyone to plant the seeds we want to see grow for the next nine years (and beyond). This is not the time to be indecisive. It’s the time to be selective about what we bring into our lives and what we allow to remain. Metaphorically we’re planting the crops for our eventual harvest. We must choose fertile ground, properly cultivate it, and get it ready for planting. It’s our time to focus on creating something new and more in alignment with our collective higher selves and highest potentials. Yet it takes focus, initiative, and drive. Obviously a primary focus this year centers around the Trump presidency in the U.S. and how it effects everyone on a global scale.
This is the time to strengthen our sense of independence. We can see this playing out in the galvanization of people worldwide in ways we haven’t been in the past. We’re being forced to take a stand and take some action, one way or another. This is a Universal Year where we’ll have a bit of a narcissistic streak. Did you ask about me, me, and—oh, let’s talk more about me! The energy of the number 1 is—you guessed it—all about #1. So there will be a tendency for all of us—particularly the “world powers”—to glom onto their own needs (or fears) at the expense of including the needs and points of view of others. The highest and best use of the number 1 comes when its pioneering spirit and resilient creativity is being used for more than personal gain. Yet there’s often a challenge in that arena.
We not only have permission to step outside the lines, we’re being called upon to do so. The “old way” just won’t work and the “new way” is yet to be established. And it won’t be a linear process.
This is the final year of what I call a three-year “push” time universally. This intense period of transition was activated in 2015 (the 8 Universal Year) and comes to its peak in 2017. 2018 offers a somewhat slower-moving experience—so keep that in your back pocket—yet not right now. The energy of the number 1 demands that we step into taking the lead, defining a path, and making things happen. People worldwide are being called to step into their power and tune into the bigger picture by making real connections and real change on the microscopic and macroscopic levels. It’s obviously time to embrace our weird authentic uniqueness. We not only have permission to step outside the lines, we’re being called upon to do so. The “old way” just won’t work and the “new way” is yet to be established. And it won’t be a linear process. There’s movement toward unveiling the delusions we have around what is “right” and “wrong,” “normal” and “not normal,” “good” and “bad.” As we deconstruct these very foundational belief systems, there will have to be some experiments to see what can take the place of the worn out or defunct paradigms. Not necessarily a frolic, yet this can be exciting when we allow curiosity to take the place of fear. It’s clear that it’s time for every human being to be “outed”—to reveal and revel in our diverse and yet similar life experiences—to tell our stories.
And so what are the challenges inherent in this 1 Universal Year? Universally, we can default to being self-absorbed rather than working toward common goals. And one of the tendencies when working with the energy of the 1 is a crippling lack of self-esteem. And when this happens the reaction is to lash out—to become the cynic, the victim, to level crushing judgment on everyone and everything without taking personal responsibility for our role in the hot mess we might find ourselves engaged with—whether that’s politically, personally, or in any other aspect of life. This energy can also incite a “win at all cost” competitive spirit. This is the year of “hard knocks” and yet it’s crucial to have failures before uncovering the optimal path. The key is to think “curiosity” rather than “my way or the highway.” This is an expansive cycle when we are open to exploring solutions that are new and revolutionary. The number 1 is the pioneer.
What do you really want? Are you just hanging in a bad job, relationship, or whatever else just because it’s seems easier to exist in the known discomfort rather than venture into the unknown? These are exactly the lessons of the 9 Personal Year.
Remember, you’re in your 9 Personal Year in 2017. This is a year of completion, unraveling, and letting go of the old to make space for change. This change can be somewhat dramatic and tumultuous—affecting possessions, relationships, jobs, geographical location, spirituality, or health. It’s all under review this year. This is the year that’s inviting you (oh, let’s be honest, it’s forcing you) to move on to an even more expansive cycle in your life if you choose to let go and allow what’s no longer serving you to fall away. Yet don’t despair at all the “heaviness”—this is also a year where you can revel in the successful culmination of all that you’ve been working toward for the past eight years. It’s a time where your dreams can manifest almost instantly if you’re ready to let go of everything that’s no longer serving your best interests. It’s going to be a matter of evaluating what’s finished and no longer serving a positive function and then moving forward without a net.
I like to put it this way: You know people who are in a marriage or a relationship that’s over with, and yet they won’t get a divorce or break up with their partner until they have another love interest waiting in the wings? Well, metaphorically speaking, the 9 Personal Year won’t allow you to do that. You must break it off and then manage and master that liminal space for a while. Needless to say, even the best of us are scared silly when it comes to change. And then to change something without knowing exactly what’s next? Ugh! Yet that’s what’s required this year. Combine that with the 1 Universal Year and you might feel slightly psycho. You’re navigating both beginning and endings all in one fell swoop. The trick for you will certainly be your ability to see what stays, what goes, now to release, and how to initiate. You’ve got your work cut out for you! Yet don’t think of it as ominous. I had a client who was past the mid-point of her 9 Personal Year (just like you are now). I somewhat timidly asked her how it was working for her and was taken aback when she said: “Oh my god, this is the most phenomenal year of my life!” To which I regrouped and asked her how so? She went on: “Well, I got a divorce, quit my job, my last child just graduated from high school and has gone off to college, and I just moved here to Boulder.” To which I replied: “Wow. Some people would say that it was a really horrible or at least a very difficult year!” And she finished by observing that she had waited so long to make these changes in her life. She was ready for a total transformation.
Even though it may feel absolutely awkward or exasperating, July is a “sabbatical” month for you. This is a perfect time to begin to make plans for starting new projects or experiences for the beginning of next year. Yet you must move gently with yourself here, because frankly, many things in your life aren’t massively clear or super-defined right now.
So I share this with the idea that it’s all truly a matter or perspective and desire. What do you really want? Are you just hanging in a bad job, relationship, or whatever else just because it’s seems easier to exist in the known discomfort rather than venture into the unknown? These are exactly the lessons of the 9 Personal Year. And even though it may feel absolutely awkward or exasperating, July is a “sabbatical” month for you. This is a perfect time to begin to make plans for starting new projects or experiences for the beginning of next year. Yet you must move gently with yourself here, because frankly, many things in your life aren’t massively clear or super-defined right now. In fact, the frustration you feel with hovering around in Limbo Land could very well be getting to you. You might even be feeling slightly wacky right about now—wondering which way to turn? How to focus? What to spend energy on and what to cast aside?
This can be a month where decisions are finally made and also acted upon—or things “happen to you” that change your game in a substantial way. If you’ve been tiptoeing around a relationship split, a job shift, an unequivocal decision about a geographical move—or any other life-changing transition, this could very well be the time when certain things shake out.
This is a year where you’ve been doing a lot of reviewing of your past so that you can move into this next new phase with new awareness and with closure around certain things in your life that need to be resolved, forgiven, or completed.
You’ll want to spend a good deal of time alone or at least with some “you” time this month, particularly between July 9th and 18th. This may not be exactly what you want to hear right about now, yet . . . there it is. “Surrender” (to yourself!) is your theme and I would say it is your theme for July, in neon. Most importantly—and this is a challenge—July is the time for closing out those situations and relationships that need to be terminated because they’re hampering your progress. It’s time to drop the reins. Be prepared to let go—right now—if a project, person, or interest is obviously drifting away or has simply become outgrown or outdated in your life. Allow yourself to experience the strong feelings you have to face on or about July 11th or 27th.
Although it’s not easy—and often denial or busy-ness is the escape-hatch we prefer to use—you’ll benefit from communicating as openly and clearly as you can. Now this may be made even more challenging given the fact that perhaps your logical and rational reasons for certain decisions don’t come off as “logical” or “rational” to the other party (or parties) involved. Yet that is your task—to step into yourself and realize that you really don’t have to rationalize your choices or justify your actions. It would be great to dig into your feelings and be as clear as you possibly can, and yet know that those on the receiving end more than likely won’t be your cheerleaders. And while it may be a “no-duh” statement, when you change it forces other people to change. Or at least it forces other people in your circle to have to make other decisions—and often that is not only uncomfortable, it can be downright terrifying for those who won’t have you in the same role offering the same patterns of engagement.
Recognize up front that misunderstandings are likely, since others may not be especially willing to share their thoughts or feelings in the same manner that you want to express yours. Again, remind yourself that even though you can’t clearly see what’s ahead of you, you’re moving into a new and ultimately exciting new cycle in your life. You can’t jump from Here [Where you ARE] to There [Where you WANT TO BE] without some substantial instances of “jumping off the precipice.” Are you willing to walk through the ring of fire? Can you trust in yourself and in the Universe that you’re moving forward and into the new and improved you?
Even though others will test your boundaries, keep your own counsel and let others work out their own issues, despite the fact that they’ll attempt to rope you into their drama. Pay special attention to your health. It’s been oddly taxing energetically for you this year and you’ve more than likely felt a bit on the low ebb of things—not to mention somewhat emotionally or even physically fragile. This is a year where you’ve been doing a lot of reviewing of your past so that you can move into this next new phase with new awareness and with closure around certain things in your life that need to be resolved, forgiven, or completed. You’ll find that, if you push yourself this month, you’ll end up paying a price for it. Rest. See if you can “unplug” for a bit during July. I know you’re busy—yet you’ll need to make a deliberate effort for some downtime with the intuitive understanding that what you engage in this month affects events and opportunities that will manifest themselves in the Fall.
In her book The Ecstasy of Surrender: 12 Surprising Ways Letting Go Can Empower Your Life, Judith Orloff states:
“I’m intrigued with the idea of surrender not as defeat or loss, as it is frequently thought of, but as a positive, intuitive way of living, a power that grows as your develop trust in the moment as well as in change and the unknown. . . . By knowing when to assert yourself and when to let go, you’re actually taking back control of your life. . . . Though surrender may seem counter-intuitive to making your goals happen, it can actually be the magical factor that facilitates this and relieved gridlock in relationships, work, and every other area, especially when it seems as though things couldn’t get any worse. Life becomes easier when you’re able to let go.” (Orloff, xvi)
In this vein, know that the letting go you do in July will bring about inner peace—after it all comes out in the wash, so to speak—and what’s to follow will take shape in perfect timing.